CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - Loved ones of a Port Charlotte girl, killed Sunday in an ATV accident, are struggling to cope with her death.
According to Florida Highway Patrol, 13-year-old Danielle Jumisko was riding an ATV down the shoulder of Livermore Street, when she struck a utility pole. She was not wearing a helmet.
Arlene Mimm, a neighbor, says the crash could be heard from her house around the corner.
"The engine cut off, and then someone shouted," Mimm said. "We didn't heard anything for a while, and then we heard the ambulances coming in."
At the time, Mimm did not realize how bad the accident was. She was stunned to find out this morning, the crash claimed the life of her 13-year-old neighbor.
"I just keep thinking she's gone, and I'm not going to see her ever again," Mimm said.
Monday, a team of grief counselors were brought into Murdock Middle School, where Jumisko was an 8th grader.
"There has been quite a significant response to the need for counseling on the part of the faculty as well as the students," said Doug Whittaker, Charlotte County School Superintendent.
"Many of us are not only teachers, we're parents. So we just extend our sympathy to the family and want them to know they're in our prayers and thoughts," Whittaker said.
According to FHP, it is against the law for someone under 16 years of age to ride an ATV without a helmet and goggles. No charges have been filed against the family.